The Men in Green won the first four games of the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand, while the Black Caps triumphed in the series finale. However, during the post-game press conference, Pakistan captain Babar Azam made amusing jokes with a reporter.
The Pakistani captain swiftly corrected the reporter after he called Babar incorrectly as an Imam. The 28-year-old even implied that Imam-ul-Haq has been receiving too much attention, possibly as a result of the opening batter’s recent contentious post.
The first three games of the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand were played by the 27-year-old. Nevertheless, despite his stellar efforts, he was benched for the final two games of the series. Imam tweeted, “Life is an unexpected journey, so never expect anything from anyone,” after missing the last two games. Stay calm; Allah is watching.
In the fifth ODI, New Zealand defeats Pakistan by 47 runs.
Pakistan and New Zealand faced off in the fifth and final ODI of the series in Karachi after each team won the previous four games. The visitors, who batted first, managed to score 299 runs after the first inning. Will Young gave his team the perfect start by scoring 87 runs off of 91 deliveries. Additionally, Mark Chapman contributed 43 runs to the final tally, and Tom Latham amassed 59 runs in 58 deliveries.
The leading wicket-taker for Pakistan was Shaheen Afridi, who finished with three wickets and 46 runs allowed in 10 overs. Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., and Usama Mir each grabbed one wicket, while Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf each took two wickets.
The Pakistani upper order, which had entered the battle to pursue the target, was of little use. Iftikhar Ahmad and Salman Ali Agha played tough knockdowns of the order. When compared to Iftikhar, who played an undefeated innings of 94 runs in 72 deliveries, Salman scored 57 runs in exactly the same number of balls. The Black Caps eventually pounded the hosts for 252 runs, winning the match by 47 runs, but it was not enough.